Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Old Lampshade

Good Morning everyone.  It's Monday October 13 and it's the first time I have blogged for this fall.  I can't believe how time flies.  Since I retired from work I thought that I would be so bored and have so much time on my hands and it's really the opposite.  Some times I think that there isn't enough hours in the day and I can't get all my projects done.  It is really delightful to have the time to do what I want.   Well, here is one of my latest projects and this was so fun.  I had an old burlap lampshade that was in pretty good shape but boring and here is what I did.  Take a look at the before picture:

As you can see there wasn't anything really wrong with the lampshade, just a little boring and here is what I did.
I had some crewel thread in a pretty shade of green and I decided to run it up the lampshade from the bottom to the top like a vine and simply used Elmer's glue to attach it.  I followed the first line a couple of times and than I knew it needed some leaves and I free handed a shape of a leave and filled it in with the thread.
I still wasn't done and thought that it needed some burlap flowers and so I wrapped and twisted the burlap to get a desired rose and attached a wooden bead in the center and attached (hot glued) it along the vine in between the leaves.
And still I wasn't done and thought that it needed a little bit more of shabbiness, so I cut some strips of burlap, frayed and all and gathered it slightly while I hot glued it to the top and bottom of the lampshade.

So here is the final result on my alabaster old lamp.

So don't throw away your old lampshades, alot can be done with them and it's fun.
So, what do you think?  Better or worse or too much shabbiness?
Until next time, Dianne.......

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  1. Nicely done. Love the creativity!

  2. Thanks, Terry. I also love what you do....Dianne.

  3. That shade looks fabulous - such a creative mind you have!!

  4. shabbygals,
    Amazing transformation!!!

  5. Great job. I love it!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. By of the cutest lamp shade redos EVER!!! Lovely idea :)

  7. I agree with The Summer Kitchen Girls!! The best lampshade redo I have seen so far and I have been looking! I actually have a board on Pinterest "I Need to Fix My Lampshade". Pinning this!!

  8. So cute and creative! Just pinned it to my Shabby Chic board. Very pretty!

  9. Adorable! Love the flowers and leaves. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

  10. I just re-fashioned 2 of my lampshades. I love the vines and leaves that thou made and oh so least you made it look easy.. It's also a great way to make 2 lamps "match" or go together when originally they didn't. I know all about running out of time! Keep having fun..

  11. Charming transformation! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,